Substance Abuse Recovery Services

What is Substance Abuse/Addiction?depression

Addiction is a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Substance Abuse can be in the shape of drug dependency, alcoholism, an unhealthy relationship with food and many other forms. Another definition of Substance Abuses is as follows: Substance Abuse is defined as "compulsive drug seeking and use, even in the face of negative health and social consequences. Substance Abuse is also described as progressive and fatal. It gets worse over time because of the way tolerance intensifies. Finally, Substance Abuse is a "chronic relapsing disease, because long-term drug use alters the brain's structure and function. These brain changes remain "months and years after the last use of drugs, and leave the brain vulnerable to relapse long after withdrawal and treatment.

Difference between Dependence and Addiction


There is an important distinction between dependence and addiction, cutting to the heart of one of the greatest misunderstandings in the conversation about pain management. If you’re on opioid medication for a long period of time, you become dependent. When a need becomes a want that is an example of when someone can become addicted. When you want it, and you can’t live without it, can’t survive without it, it interrupts your day to day life; that’s addiction.

How can we help?

At Coastal Prestige Medical Services we understand that Substance Abuse is a life controlling disease. Unlike other resources, we offer Physician based treatment, counseling sessions, and medication-assisted therapy. Dr. Johnnie Ham will help guide you through recovering from your Substance Abuse and regaining your life.


Our Senior Counselor with certifications in Medical Assisted Treatment Counselor and Co-Occurring Disorders Specialist will meet with the patient on a regular basis one on one counseling sessions. These sessions are based on clinically accepted treatment philosophies, and have a high rate of success with the Substance Abuse recovery process.


What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence can include the use of buprenorphine (Suboxone) to complement the education, counseling and other support measures that focus on the behavioral aspects of opioid Substance Abuse.


This medication can allow one to regain a normal state of mind - free of withdrawal, cravings and the drug-induced highs and lows of Substance Abuse.


Medication-assisted treatment for opioid Substance Abuse and dependence is much like using medication to treat other chronic illnesses such as heart disease, asthma or diabetes. Taking medication for opioid Substance Abuse is not the same as substituting one addictive drug for another.


Counseling Services
Lawrence E. Miller, CATC II, RAS II, MATC, CCDS

Lawrence joined our staff in April of 2014 and is a Registered Addiction Specialist Level II, with Certifications as a Medical Assisted Treatment Counselor, and Co-occurring Disorders Specialist, Certified Women’s Treatment Specialist  (CWTS) and Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California II (CATC II)

group counselingWe provide compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental and confidential counseling for patients who have Substance Abuses issues or disorders. We believe the role of the counselor in Substance Abuse treatment is to provide support, education, and nonjudgmental confrontation. The patient recovering from chemical Substance Abuse or alcohol abuse deserves to feel understood and know that he or she has an ally in the counselor. The counselor wants to convey to the patient that he or she appreciates the difficulty of this struggle and the need for support through the recovery process. We recognize that the addict is not the only family member affected by the addict's behavior, and their Substance Abuse, as a result we encourage family members to also take an active part in the addicts recovery by attending family orientated counseling sessions.

What can I expect on my first visit?

Upon your first visit you will meet with Dr. Ham for a one hour appointment. During this appointment you will discuss your dependency and use history. The doctor will work side by side with you to create a plan for recovery. The doctor will prescribe counseling sessions with our Senior Substance Abuse Counselor Lawrence E. Miller. Lawrence is available to meet with patients on a daily basis by appointment.


The drug counseling sessions have a clear structure. However, within the framework of that structure, the content of the discussion is largely up to the patient. We make an effort to address effectively the patient's individual needs at any point in treatment while also recognizing the commonality of many issues in Substance Abuse and recovery. People are indeed unique; however, the facets of a human problem of chemical Substance Abuse usually follow familiar patterns. The validity of both realities should be respected.

Stages of Treatment

The stages of addiction treatment described here are:

  • Treatment Initiation
  • Early Abstinence
  • Maintenance of Abstinence
  • Advanced Recovery
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Do you take my insurance?

Coastal Prestige Medical Services is contracted with Medicare. We are out of network for all other insurance companies. If you do not have Medicare, your first session will cost $225 and subsequent sessions cost $145. The clinic requires patients pay up front, and if you have a PPO, we will bill your insurance for you and reimburse you when applied.


How may I schedule an appointment?

Please call our office at 805-201-9135 or email us at to have a receptionist contact you to schedule your first appointment. Our staff is friendly, understanding, and ready to help you along your recovery journey.

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575 Price Street, Suite 313

Pismo Beach, CA 93449



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